The area of Le Grand Serre Che is made up of three villages and one town, Le Monêtier (1,500m in altitude), Villeneuve (1,400m in altitude), Chantemerle (1,350m in altitude), and lastly the town of Briançon, the highest town in France at 1,200m in altitude. It offers over 250km of ski, yet the villages are generally quaint and rustic. Only a few years ago have hotels and four-star accommodation started popping up in the area.
The streets are cobbled and lined with shops, restaurants and small pub-like bars. Briançon, a World Heritage Site, is filled with rustic charm and the old part of the town is filled with traditional inns, patisseries and restaurants that aim to maintain its 17th century charm. Another important charm for the area is the friendliness of the locals. Serre Chevalier has a reputation for being extremely friendly and welcoming to outsiders.
The summer season sees the villages change from ski resorts to popular mountain walking and rock climbing destinations. This creates a healthy year-round tourism industry in the area for the 18,000 local residents.
Given the size of the area, the use of cars and buses is needed in the area, but it is possible to manage without it. This means that the village centres are not car-free and can become quite busy.